ACL Quarter-final First Leg: What They Said
Kuala Lumpur: The first leg of the AFC Champions League quarter-finals saw some exciting games and shock results, the-AFC.com looks back at the reactions of some of the players involved in the final eight.
Baghdad Bounedjah may be the 2018 AFC Champions League's leading scorer, but the Al Sadd striker is intent on avoiding complacency, despite the side holding a 3-1 advantage over Esteghlal after the first leg in Tehran.
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Many things happened in these couple of days, our head coach resigned and we felt that. But I am so happy, and so are all my teammates, that we could put on this performance for us and our ex-coach. I know he was supporting us and cheering, I think he is even happier than us.
Two-goal hero Dejan Damjanovic is delighted with Suwon Samsung Bluewings' performance in their 3-0 away win over Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors, despite off-field difficulties.
We managed to get a goal in the first half. We wanted two or three goals but fate wasn't in our favour. The next step for us now is to focus on our next game in the league, go to the national team camp and then return to play Persepolis again in the second leg.
Al Duhail forward Almoez Ali was disappointed that the Qatari side will only take a 1-0 lead into the return meeting with Persepolis at the Azadi Stadium.
We arrived in Japan only one day before the game, we needed to arrive two days before really. We had some travel difficulties – this is not an excuse – but of course it’s better to arrive two days earlier for match preparation.
Tianjin Quanjian star Alexandre Pato admits that missing their original outbound flight to Japan was not an ideal preparation for their quarter-final first leg. The Chinese Super League side lost 2-0 at Kashima Soccer Stadium.
We had some chances in both halves; we missed two or three good chance. We weren't bad. We can even say that it was a good match. 1-0 is not a bad result for us. There is now a second leg to play in Iran and obviously, it will be a tough one. Hopefully, we will be able to satisfy our fans in Iran and also those who supported us here in Qatar.
Persepolis midfielder Bashar Resan downplays the first leg defeat to Al Duhail in Doha, and remains confident the Iranian powerhouse can turn the match around in three weeks' time in Tehran.
Leo Silva insists that practice made perfect in Kashima's 2-0 win over Tianjin Quanjian after the defensive midfielder netted a rare goal to open the scoring in the first leg.
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